Special Sub-Topic: Busman's Honeymoon
|Who designed Harriet's unusual wedding dress?|
Worth. "Fierce bustle about the wedding dress -Worth's- period gown in stiff gold brocade, long sleeves, square neck, off the face head dress, no jewels..." wrote Honoria, Dowager Duchess of Denver.
|Where were the couple married?|
St Cross Church, Oxford. Viscount St George attended Christchurch, Oxford, which is a college with a cathedral. However, this was too much for the couple, who ignored the Duchess's presumption about the "right" place to be married ("...St George's Hannover Square I suppose" - and went on to arrange everything for them, including the date, the parson, the guests and the music.") and were married at St Cross Church, Oxford, which the Duchess described as "an obscure little church in a side street, very gloomy and damp looking".
|In which village was Talboys?|
Paggleham. Great Pagford was where Harriet had been bought up, close to Paggleham. Broxford was where Noakes had his radio shop. Tweedling Parva was not a location in this book, but the residence of Rev Arthur Boyes, the father of her erstwhile lover, Philip Boyes.
|What was the reaction of Mrs Ruddle on their arrival at Talboys? |
She thought they were film actors. Mrs Ruddle was totally unimpressed by the size of the car, the polish of the chromium plating, the brilliance of the lamps, or indeed by the occupants... "Film actors - and no better than you should be, I'll be bound".
|What refreshment did Miss Twitterton press upon her visitors when they arrived to collect the key for Talboys?|
Parsnip wine and cake. "My parsnip wine is really extra good this year" said Miss Twitterton triumphantly. Harriet urged Lord Peter to dispose of the second glass in the aspidistra, but he replied that it looked unwell already and his constitution was the better of the two! Sherry, with cheese biscuits, were served at the Vicarage for the newly weds later in the story.
|Who was the person who discharged a shotgun up the chimney to dislodge years of "corroded sut"?|
Rev Simon Goodacre. Mr Puffet had tried, unsuccessfully, to use brushes and rods, but the soot in the narrow replacement pots on top of the chimney was too hard to budge. Rev Goodacre sent for Bert Ruddle's antique firearm to dislodge the soot, but Mr Puffet was most scathing about the chance of success. Unfortunately, it was too successful, dislodging not only soot, but pieces of evidence which eventually damned Frank Crutchley.
|Where, and by whom, was Noakes discovered?|
By Bunter in the cellar. While fetching beer to slake the thirst of the chimney sweeps and Mr MacBride, Bunter discovered the body of Mr Noakes in the cellar.
|How much money did Mr Noakes owe to MacDonald and Abrahams of Bedford Row?|
Nine hundred pounds. Talboys was mortgaged to the tune of £900 with this firm, and Mr Solomons, of Moss and Isaacs, held a bill of sale on the furniture, for a debt of "thevnty three pounds, thickthteen and thickth." Frank Crutchley had little chance of recouping his forty pound unsecured loan...
|What type of poultry did Miss Twitterton keep?|
Buff Orpingtons. "You and your Buff Orpingtons!" scoffed Frank Crutchley. "A man that's starting in life wants a wife, see... not a skinny old hen with a brood of Buff Orpingtons..."
|What domestic crime did Mrs Ruddle commit while helping out at Talboys?|
She disturbed the bottles of port. When Mrs Ruddle washes "one of them dirty old bottles you brought along with you...such a state as they're in! All over whitewash" Bunter really has had enough!"Gawdstrewth! Would you believe it? All his lordship's vintage port! You ignorant interfering old bizzom! Who told you to go poking your long nose into my pantry?"
|Which policeman is first on the scene after the discovery of the body?|
Police Constable Sellon. Suspiciously, PC Joe Sellon is just outside the house when the body is discovered. Superintendent Kirk, a ready man with a quote, but whose mind "grinds slowly, like the mills of God" was in charge of the investigation.
|Who was the last person to have spoken to Noakes?|
Joe Sellon. Mrs Ruddle delighted in getting her own back on Joe Sellon, by revealing in front of Superintendent Kirk, during the investigation "You don't catch me that way, Joe Sellon. I come in nine o'clock from fetching a pail of water and I sees you plain as the nose on my face a-talkin' to him at this very winder. Ah! and I 'eard you too. Usin' language - you did ought to be ashamed of yourself - not fit for a decent woman to listen to."
|How did the police ascertain that Noakes must have been dead before half past nine?|
His radio was not working. Although she did not guess the reason, Mrs Ruddle had not heard Noakes listen to the nine thirty news, as he invariably did. When asked how she could tell this inside her cottage, she admitted that she had been up "a few minutes after the 'arf hour to borrer a drop of parrafin from 'is shed." She was anxious that this should not come to the attention of the coroner...
|What was the name of Frank Crutchley's preferred girl friend?|
Polly Mason. Polly Mason: found waiting for an assignation in Mr Moffat's barn, she gave Superintendent Kirk a lot of sauce when he returned her to her mother, and after his conviction for murder, it was discovered that she was to have Frank's child. She declined to marry him, though.
|Which of Peter's ghostly relations did Harriet meet in the library at Duke's Denver?|
Old Gregory. Cousin Matthew was not a ghost, but was working in the library cataloguing the books and compiling a history of the Denver family.
However, it was Old Gregory, who was frequently seen there, whom Harriet encountered. Lady Susan and Uncle Roger were also seen around the place, but not by the Duchess!(too thick skinned!)
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